Disability Awareness Day 2018, Sunday, 15 July – Walton Hall Gardens
In 1992, who would have thought that a disability information event organised by a very small, then unknown disability group, would grow in size and stature, and would influence the development of a now internationally-recognised Disability Awareness Day. This year sees the ‘27th Anniversary event’, which has inspired people from all over the world and provided advice and support to 100,000’s of disabled people, their families, friends and carers.
More than 25,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s DAD, the world’s largest not-for-profit, voluntary-led, pan-disability exhibition, which will once again be hosted at Walton Hall Gardens on Sunday, 15th July with the support of joint principal sponsors St George Healthcare Group and St Mark Universal Copts Care.
A huge tented village housing approximately 250 exhibitors – including equipment suppliers; transport; holidays; leisure and employment providers; and support groups and services – is set to attract visitors to travel from all over the UK and beyond.
Inclusive Arts is just one of the highlights of the event – with a number of disabled artists including nationally recognised performers such as the Ella Performance Group and Carly Ryan. The Main Arena will offer visitors a range of family entertainment including guide dog display teams, falconry displays and a number of marching bands. Also on-site will be the fully accessible Sports Zone with have-a-go events including Scuba Diving in the temporary pool, climbing wall, shooting, archery, basketball and much more.
A free, accessible Park and Ride service is available from Wilderspool Park; plus a free bus service every 30 minutes starting at 9.30am from Warrington Bus Interchange; British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters; trained assistants; and a scooter / wheelchair loans service promises to ensure DAD is fully inclusive to all.
“The background story to DAD is a great example of just how far a ‘can do’ attitude can take you,” says Event Founder and Co-ordinator, Dave Thompson MBE DL. ‘What started out as a one-off event is now one the highlights of the international disabled community’s calendar – inspiring similar events as far afield as India, Cameroon, Uganda, Gibraltar and Thailand. Our team is also working closely with one of our sponsors St Mark Universal Copts Care teams based in the UK and working in Egypt and Sudan’.
The big day on Sunday 15th July from 10am to 5pm – will be a fitting finale to a week comprising a variety of complementary events to savour, which are guaranteed to attract many more visitors to events aimed at disabled children and young people, mental health, learning disability, carers and a cultural diversity evening.
For more details on DAD and ‘DAD Week’ and all the events listed, please contact Warrington Disability Partnership on 01925 240064 or visit www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk. The programme of events for DAD Week can also be seen below.
DAD Week 2018
Tuesday 10th July
6.15pm – 9.30pm Frogtastic in the Park – Arts Marquee, Walton Gardens: Featuring fantastic Tribute Artists ‘David Bowie & Liam Gallagher’ plus special guests including DJ’s from the famous Frogtastic Club Night. Come and enjoy a great evening of Live Music, Dance Floor and Licenced Bar, bring your own food. Advanced Tickets £6.00 call 07875 142233.
Wednesday 11th July
10:30 to 3.30pm: Annual Involvement Event & Ignite Your Life. Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshops & Exhibition – Arts Marquee, Walton Gardens. Northwest Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust invites you to join them for a morning of celebration recognising the work undertaken by their team of volunteers. Plus an afternoon of workshops and activities, advice and information from local support services, complimentary therapies, healthy eating, art, crafts and sports. Refreshments provided. Free Admission, Contact Dennis 01925 664450.
7pm – 10:30pm – “Ella’s Summer Time Special” – Arts Marquee, Walton Gardens: The Ella Performance Group, one of the UK’s leading inclusive drama groups will be performing thrilling and entertaining songs from their recent productions. Adult tickets £8.00 and children’s tickets £5.00 from The Ella Team on 01928 713877 or Brun/Kate 01925 240064.
Thursday 12th July
12pm – 3pm Warrington Together Health & Wellbeing Summit – Arts Marquee.
This event is aimed at people involved in managing, commissioning and delivering health and social care services in Warrington. Visitors will learn about the work of Warrington Together to date and future plans. Specially invited key note speakers will describe the benefits of integrated working and the improvements that have been seen in other areas of the country. Admission is by invitation only. Contact Rachel 01925 246925.
5.00pm- 9.30pm – Children’s Party in the Park – Marquee 10, Walton Gardens: A partnership between Warrington Disability Partnership, Warrington Wolves Foundation & Warrington Youth Club present a fun filled evening for disabled children/young people, their families and friends. Sports, Arts, Dance, chill out and fun areas. Free admission: Contact Tom 01925 240064
7pm – 11pm – Faisal Rashid MP in association with WDP invite you to an evening of cultural diversity – Arts Marquee, Walton Gardens: Ccelebrating an array of cultures from Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe, strengthening the community bond. Live music, traditional and contemporary dance, and a chance to sample different cuisine. Tickets £10 (Children £5) Contact Brun/Kate 01925 240064.
Friday 13th July
7.30pm – 11.30pm DAD Mega Quiz Night, Charity Auction with Hot Food
Arts Marquee, Walton Gardens: Teams of up to 8 people, hundreds of £’s worth of prizes, fun quiz, great food, licensed bar and a charity auction. Tickets £8.00 (includes hot food). Contact Brun/Kate on 01925 240064.